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Dragon Castle by Joseph Bruchac
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Jan 11, 2012

liked it

So I liked it more than I thought I would, like a 3.5 or something. The first couple chapters were rather slow, and it took me a while to get into the feel of the MC--once I did, though, I liked him and found him very relate-able.

Things I didn't like...
There were some scenes I found unrealistic--the personalities of the king and queen seemed very dry (come on, no one's that thick, and it wasn't even all that plot essential); Pavol defeating the dragon was way too easy (MY dragons are not dumb, you can be sure of that); the odds at the ending battle didn't seem realistic; and the badguy didn't seem all that powerful for how great and terrible they made him out to be. Yeah, he could use cool magic and was good at it. But still...

Things I did like...
The wolves were a fun element, although I wished Rashko would talk to them a little more. I liked the flashbacks with Pavol. I liked how Rashko's relationship with his brother grew throughout the stories. The Slovakian words added a nice tangible and authentic feel to the book. The plot was mostly unpredictable, and I liked the ending. The two girls were cool to end off with. It was nice to have a basic bad guy vs. good guy thing. And it was nice to have that old feel of magic just being there and being unusual but accepted--if you know what I mean.

This isn't a must, and not terribly memorable, but it's still a fun read anyway!

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